Benedict Peers is a bright and diligent advocate who has spent over twenty years prosecuting and defending in criminal courts across the South Eastern and Midlands circuits.
He has a wide-ranging experience of criminal law cases, however his practice mainly involves cases concerning:
With the past few years giving rise to more prosecutions relating to modern slavery and human trafficking, Benedict’s experience in this field has grown significantly.
Benedict both defends and prosecutes in these cases, which are often complex in terms of both fact and law. He has experience of providing high-calibre advice and advocacy in cases involving:
R v B, L and others (2022), Norwich Crown Court
prosecuting multi-handed case of exploitation and human traﬃcking involving sex workers.
R v B (2022)
defending in a drugs supply case that involved arguments using Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Benedict has extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending in cases involving allegations of serious sexual offences, including:
These cases often require delicate and sensitive handling, and Benedict approaches each case in a considered way, applying forensic analysis and objectivity where necessary.
R v K ( 2019 ), Norwich Crown Court
successfully defended trial on counts of ‘date rape’
Cases involving historical sexual offences against children committed by individuals working in institutions such as children’s homes and churches, are evidentially complex and emotionally demanding.
Benedict has considerable expertise of defending in these cases which, by their very nature require a methodical and skilled approach.
R v M ( 2018 ), Peterborough Crown Court
defended trial on 32 counts of historic rape and sexual assault with multiple complainants.
R v U ( 2022 ), Ipswich Crown Court
defended trial of local religious leader facing 21 counts of historic sexual assault with multiple complainants.
Benedict has considerable prosecution experience in cases involving Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) and county lines drugs supply.
R v M, A, A and others ( 2022 ) Norwich Crown Court
Successful prosecution of OCG county lines oﬀending.
Benedict has considerable experience of prosecuting in cases involving the possession of prohibited ﬁrearms (shot guns, air weapons and other prohibited weapons) and ammunition.
He has a track-record of successfully mitigating minimum sentence cases.
Benedict is experienced in applying for and resisting Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO)
Road traffic collisions that result in the death or serious injury of an individual or individual are often high-profile and emotionally charged.
Benedict brings many years’ experience and professionalism to cases involving death by dangerous driving. He is instructed by both the prosecution and defence, which gives him invaluable insight and knowledge.
R v T ( 2022 ) Peterborough Crown Court
defended on causing death by careless driving and using a false licence.
Expertise in both the prosecution and defence of a wide range of applications under this Act
R v I ( 2018 ) - Peterborough Crown Court
successfully prosecuted two day POCA conﬁscation hearing in relation to a drug traﬃcking case. The case involved over 1000 pages of ﬁnancial statements and the cross – examination of eight defence witnesses through an interpreter as to the source of the monies.
R v T ( 2022 ) Norwich Crown Court
managed to agree POCA in complex series of prosecution involving rogue trader.
Benedict is frequently instructed on fraud and economic crime cases, ranging from cyber-related fraud to forgery. He has experience in both prosecuting and defending in cases involving:
R v G ( 2015 ) - Cambridge Crown Court
successfully prosecuted a two week trial at Cambridge involving multiple allegatins of pervertingthe course of justice and motoring fraud. Involved detailed cross – examination relating to a substantial volume of ﬁnancial records.
R v S ( 2022 ) - Norwich Crown Court
prosecution of multiple counts of company fraud involving the ordering and selling on of company stock.